Photographic Safaris in South Africa present you with an incredible diversity of wildlife and habitat types. Research before your photographic safaris in South Africa is crucial and becomes vital ingredient to a successful photographic experience.
The greater Kruger National Park, Mala Mala and Sabi Sand are fantastic destinations whichplace emphasis on the highly sought after “Big 5”. The wildlife within these areas have grown accustomed to the sight and sound of safari vehicles, and allow you a close-up glimpse into their daily lives. You tend to get rather close to animals here, and the vegetation can often be rather challenging, especially during the summer months. Predators are also often active during the early mornings & late afternoons. The lack of light can be an issue so faster lenses are ideal. When it comes to your choice of camera gear we recommend the following:
- A good shorter zoom lens can come in handy, something in the range of 24 – 200mm.
- Canon & Nikon offer a lens in the 200 – 400mm range, at an aperture of f/4.0. This lens is very handy for safari purposes.
- If you are thinking about a fixed telephoto lens, go with something in the range of 400 – 600mm.
Moving further west towards Madikwe we would suggest a similar set-up as the above mentioned. Two lodges in Madikwe provide the opportunity to photograph from an underground hide where longer telephoto lenses are fantastic for predators & birds, and when elephants approach the edge of the hide the wider lenses work incredible well.
Our Favourite Photographic Destinations in South Africa
Madikwe Game Reserve
The malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, 40km south-east of Gabarone, the capital of Botswana, 90 km north of Zeerust, just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectares. It is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities for wilderness safaris. Lodges in Madikwe
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
The most famous private game reserve of all. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the much sought after ‘Big 5’. Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes and a African dream safari is born. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, so wildlife roams freely in huge natural environment. Lodges in Sabi Sands
Zimanga Game Reserve
Zimanga, in KwaZulu Natal, is the first reserve in Africa to be designed specifically to satisfy the needs of today’s wildlife photography enthusiasts as well as safari clients who have a deeper appreciation for the bush, both of whom crave an unhurried and exclusive experience. Spread over 6000 hectares of pristine bushveld, fever tree forests and rolling hills, Zimanga is bisected by the Mkuze River and home to a huge variety of animals and birds. From leopards to wild dogs and elephants to cheetah, nearly every sought-after sighting is accounted for. There are over 400 bird species recorded at the reserve. More about Zimanga
Mala Mala Game Reserve
MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive thriving tract of land produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. MalaMala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve. Lodges in Mala Mala
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